Spring cleaning is a great way to breath new life into your house after a long and closed-in winter. But how can you realistically go about it since there’s just so much to do? Well, creating a checklist will make the task a lot less overwhelming, backing up your efforts with a clear plan, and even time limits for each step.
An effective and satisfying deep clean depends not only on how well you do the job, but on how good you are at organizing every task and completing it on time (so that you don’t get discouraged midway). Today, we bring you more than simple spring cleaning tips and tricks. It’s everything you need to make your own checklist that fits your every need, adding or culling items as you see fit. So take a look at our checklist, adjust it and get cleaning!
Around the house
First things first, there are a couple of chores you’ll want to finish before actually getting into the breadth of spring cleaning. To start you off right, wipe down the light fixtures, walls, doors, knobs, vents, and furnishings. Sweep and vacuum the entire area and air out the whole house. Overall, give the house a general once-over, which is just your basic sweeping-mopping-scrubbing affair to set the bases for your actual deep cleaning. If you’re planning to declutter your spaces, this is a good time to do it.
For spring cleaning you’ll want to go a little deeper than just changing the sheets on your bed. Start by removing everything under the bed so you can vacuum or sweep, then reorganize the contents before putting them back under the bed. It’s time to move your furniture around so you can deep clean the areas beneath and behind them
Start by cleaning the sink, faucet, and drain, and by getting rid of hard water mineral buildup in the fixtures. Do the same for the tub and drain (or showerhead, depending on what you have). Follow that by cleaning the toilet inside and out, then disinfect every surface including mirrors and windows. Clean the tiles and grout, and remove any mildew that has formed around constantly humid spots. Keep the area well ventilated afterward.
First of all, focus on your oven and stove (or cooktop), making sure to use a potent degreaser if there’s too much residue burned into the bottom of your oven or grills. Wipe down your oven glass, and get rid of any stains on the top and sides of the stove as well. Do the same for all your appliances, such as microwaves, dishwashers, and toasters.
Get ready for the fun part! It’s time to remove all items from your shelves and drawers, both your Tupperware and canned foods, and separate them into “stays” and “out” groups. Your “stays” group should be rearranged before you put them back into place. When you’re done, do the same for your fridge and freezer, but clean the insides before you sort the food and put it back in.
Finally, clean the sink, faucet and drain like you did in the bathroom, and wipe every surface in the kitchen, like the counters and backsplash.
If applicable, spot cleans your furniture and move it around you did in the bedroom so you can clean under and beneath them. Whatever you keep on display in the living room (music and film collections, books, ornaments, etc.) it’s time to take out, sort into “keep” and “donate” piles and reorganize before putting them back into place. If you have a fireplace, you might want to call a professional to deep clean it (or just call professionals to do the whole thing if the checklist is starting to look too overwhelming).
Wash the outside of windows, and rinse the removable window screens. Powerwash your deck, patio, driveway, and walkways, and follow that with your outdoor furniture. Clear your gutter and rain spouts of any debris building up there.
Wash or repaint (as needed) any stains on your exterior doors and walls. Tidy up your garage, making sure to properly clean the space before storing your items again. Properly organize your winter equipment and prepare your spring tools for constant use; start them out by trimming and removing dead tree limbs and any other plant in your garden that didn’t survive the cold season.
Like we said, it’s up to you to add any item that you think better fits your need and rearrange them into any order that you think is more convenient, and you can even turn it into a weekly house cleaning checklist. You’ll be surprised at how much faster and effective your cleaning is now that you have clearly set goals for each room!